We had a couple of clear nights with a late rising moon this week so I was able to get a couple of hours of exposure on these famous deep sky objects. They are visible through binoculars or a small telescope but the eye can’t see colors in very dim images. These are easy objects for anyone starting out to try and photograph – all you need is a DSLR and telephoto lens and a small mount that will track out the Earth’s rotation. Note that this image is about 1.8 x 1.2 degrees which is more than twice the size of the full moon! Check AstroBackyard or NebulaPhotos on Youtube for detailed instructions on imaging with a DSLR.